com·​plete | \ kəm-ˈplēt How to pronounce complete (audio) \
completer; completest

Definition of complete

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : having all necessary parts, elements, or steps a complete diet
b of a protein : containing all essential amino acids Beans and grains combined together form a complete protein.
2a : total, absolute complete silence
b : fully carried out : thorough a complete renovation
c of a football pass : legally caught
3 : brought to an end : concluded a complete period of time
4 : highly proficient a complete artist
5 of a subject or predicate : including modifiers, complements, or objects
6 of insect metamorphosis : characterized by the occurrence of a pupal stage between the motile immature stages and the adult — compare incomplete sense 2
7 : having all four sets of floral organs
8 of a metric space : having the property that every Cauchy sequence of elements converges to a limit in the space
complete with
: made complete by the inclusion of a birthday cake complete with candles


completed; completing

Definition of complete (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to bring to an end and especially into a perfected state complete a painting
2a : to make whole or perfect Its song completes the charm of the bird. Her latest purchase completes her collection.
b : to mark the end of A rousing chorus completes the show.
c : execute, fulfill complete a contract
3 : to carry out (a forward pass) successfully The quarterback completed 12 out of 18 passes.

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Other Words from complete


completely adverb
completeness noun
completive \ kəm-​ˈplē-​tiv How to pronounce completive (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for complete

Synonyms: Adjective

compleat, comprehensive, entire, full, grand, intact, integral, perfect, plenary, total, whole

Synonyms: Verb

consummate, finalize, finish, perfect, polish

Antonyms: Adjective

imperfect, incomplete, partial

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full, complete, plenary, replete mean containing all that is wanted or needed or possible. full implies the presence or inclusion of everything that is wanted or required by something or that can be held, contained, or attained by it. a full schedule complete applies when all that is needed is present. a complete picture of the situation plenary adds to complete the implication of fullness without qualification. given plenary power replete implies being filled to the brim or to satiety. replete with delightful details


close, end, conclude, finish, complete, terminate mean to bring or come to a stopping point or limit. close usually implies that something has been in some way open as well as unfinished. close a debate end conveys a strong sense of finality. ended his life conclude may imply a formal closing (as of a meeting). the service concluded with a blessing finish may stress completion of a final step in a process. after it is painted, the house will be finished complete implies the removal of all deficiencies or a successful finishing of what has been undertaken. the resolving of this last issue completes the agreement terminate implies the setting of a limit in time or space. your employment terminates after three months

Examples of complete in a Sentence


He spoke in complete sentences. They sat in complete silence.


The project took four months to complete. Her latest purchase completes her collection. The new baby completed their family. The quarterback completed 12 out of 15 passes.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Perhaps in an effort to push back against calls to scrap Kuznetsov, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced on April 9th that 25% of the carrier’s refit was complete and the whole job will be done in 2020. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia’s Beleaguered Aircraft Carrier Could Be Scrapped If New Repair Yard Can’t Be Found," 9 Apr. 2019 In this newlywed’s world apparently, excess isn’t complete without a little bedazzled party in the back. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Hailey Bieber’s Stylist on That Alexander Wang Thong Dress at the Met Gala," 7 May 2019 When the Collection is complete it can be saved or shared. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Here's how Microsoft Collections, Edge's new research tool, will work," 7 May 2019 But the mission wasn’t complete when the space capsule hit the water. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "How It Works: SpaceX Dragon Capsule Splashdown and Recovery," 8 Mar. 2019 Fill it again and that column is complete for the game. Nate Anderson, Ars Technica, "Eight great board games we played at PAX Unplugged," 8 Dec. 2018 The most wonderful time of the year isn't complete without watching Charlie Brown and his gang celebrate Christmas! Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Mark Your Calendars! A Charlie Brown Christmas Will Air Tonight," 6 Dec. 2018 Scorpio — How the Grinch Stole Christmas A Scorpio holiday is not complete without an annual viewing of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Marilyn La Jeunesse, Teen Vogue, "The Best Christmas Movies to Watch According to Your Zodiac Sign," 26 Nov. 2018 While at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016, the actress tossed her lengths up into a red carpet topknot, complete with a royal-worthy tiara. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Congrats, Blake Lively! A Look Back at Her Best Pregnancy Hair Looks," 3 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Harry Winston jewelry — as well as her massive stunner of an engagement ring from fiancé Alex Rodriguez — completed her look. Mekita Rivas,, "The Best Looks From The 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards," 5 June 2019 Parabon’s experts completed Vannieuwenhoven’s family tree in late December. Ivan Moreno, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Arrest in 43-year-old murder case stuns Northwoods town," 4 June 2019 Arizona State outfielder Hunter Bishop completed the top 10 picks when he was drafted by the Giants. Walter Villa Miami Herald Writer, miamiherald, "Former South Dade pitcher goes to Blue Jays at No. 11 in first round of MLB Draft," 4 June 2019 Last week, Fiat Chrysler proposed a roughly $40 billion merger with European rival Renault, a tie-up that if completed would create a global auto-making giant with nearly 9 million vehicles sold a year. ... Adrienne Roberts, WSJ, "Renault Deal Would Pull Fiat Chrysler’s Center of Gravity From U.S.," 3 June 2019 An above-ground spa, an expanse of patio space and an outdoor shower complete the grounds. Lauren Beale,, "Singer Barry Manilow’s onetime beach house gets a remix in Malibu," 3 June 2019 Joseph completed all coursework towards a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of New Orleans, the district stated., "Isaac Joseph, Jefferson Parish’s former schools superintendent, dead at 64," 3 June 2019 Lyft has completed 50,000 rides in self-driving cars in Las Vegas in one year, according to the ride-sharing service. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "Lyft Completes 50,000th Self-Driving Ride in Las Vegas," 3 June 2019 But within the 1910s mansion on Lake Michigan that decorator Alessandra Branca recently completed for a client after five years of construction, all is calm. Nancy Hass, ELLE Decor, "Alessandra Branca Designs an Ultra-Luxe 1910s Mansion on Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive," 29 May 2019

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First Known Use of complete


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for complete

Adjective and Verb

Middle English complet, from Latin completus, from past participle of complēre — see complement entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of complete

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having all necessary parts : not lacking anything
: not limited in any way
: not requiring more work : entirely done or completed



English Language Learners Definition of complete (Entry 2 of 2)

: to finish making or doing (something) : to bring (something) to an end or to a finished state
: to make (something) whole or perfect
American football : to throw (a forward pass) to a teammate who catches it


com·​plete | \ kəm-ˈplēt How to pronounce complete (audio) \

Kids Definition of complete

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having all necessary parts : not lacking anything a complete set of books
2 : entirely done His training is complete.
3 : thorough sense 1 complete darkness

Other Words from complete

completeness noun


completed; completing

Kids Definition of complete (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to bring to an end : finish complete a job
2 : to make whole or perfect He needs six more state flags to complete his collection.


com·​plete | \ kəm-ˈplēt How to pronounce complete (audio) \

Medical Definition of complete

1 of insect metamorphosis : characterized by the occurrence of a pupal stage between the motile immature stages and the adult compare incomplete sense 1
2 of a bone fracture : characterized by a break passing entirely across the bone — compare incomplete sense 2
3 of a protein : containing all essential amino acids — compare incomplete sense 4

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